Grant Writer Internship
ABOUT US: Missouri Energy Initiative (MEI) is a nonprofit association of public and private sector entities. MEI is about culture change in Missouri to reverse current trends of poor public support for innovation, technology and education. We believe that providing greater access to non-partisan, science-based information is critical to changing the culture and the mindset of citizens and decision makers. MEI works to enhance and improve the energy business climate in Missouri by coordinating energy activities across all sectors of the Missouri economy, being an honest broker of energy information to the general public, educating K-12, Tech Schools and Higher Education students on energy issues, informing elected officials at the state and federal level on Missouri energy opportunities and issues, and providing a rich environment for energy research and development activities in the state.
GENERAL PURPOSE OF JOB: The Grant Writer Intern reports to the Business Manager and the Executive Director. This position will work to locate and write grant proposals to secure grant funding. Candidates should have excellent writing and computer skills and must be highly organized, self-driven with the ability to work under pressure and manage multiple deadlines.
This internship will offer the intern an opportunity to play a significant role in the grant writing process for a new nonprofit public policy organization.
- Ability to work independently and manage time effectively and high expectations for quality.
- Self-starter, able to work independently, and learn quickly; enjoys connecting the dots and creating opportunities for success
- A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently
- High energy, maturity, and leadership
- History of paying attention to detail and maintaining accurate records
- Proficient using the latest versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and web searches;
- Understanding of the Energy and Environment field
- Demonstrated understanding of Grant writing process
- Under general direction, facilitates research, development, review, and editing of grant proposals; conducts basic research for potential funding sources and maintains databases;
- Facilitates, reviews, and edits grant proposals; conducts research; compiles data; inputs and retrieves data via computer.
- Conducts research on potential funding sources; maintains contact with external agencies.
- Works closely with staff and partners in developing and transforming ideas into grant proposals; interacts with stakeholder constituencies involved in grant-funding activities; serves as organizations liaison to University grants administration.
- Maintains comprehensive knowledge of particular areas involved in identifying and soliciting grants;
- May coordinate project activities; prepares and processes letters and correspondence, presentation materials, and manuscripts; maintains funding opportunity databases, activity tracking system, and related confidential files.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
PERSONALITY SOUGHT: MEI seeks an energetic, self-starter with the ability to adapt and multitask.
Compensation: Rewarding positions in a great working environment with wonderful networking opportunities, professional growth and significant contacts in the business and energy communities. MEI will work with your College or University to provide proper credit and oversight with the potential for compensation based on experience.
Workdays: 10-20 hours per week at the student’s choice. Due to virtual component of the work, this requires a self-driven individual. Little travel required. School holidays and vacations will be respected. Knowledge of Microsoft Office is necessary and history with web content development helpful. Work can be done from campus with occasional site visits from Executive Director and weekly calls to discuss progress and provide needed oversight.
Number of Positions: 1
Preferred candidate will have superior writing skills; understanding of the grant application process; have a proven understanding of public policy formation and implementation; ability to understand financial and budget matters; ability to use the internet, and an interest in energy and the nonprofit sector.
We strongly encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds. Students with backgrounds in engineering, economics, public policy, energy, environment, business, communications or journalism should consider applying. This internship can be completed virtually. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Josh Campbell at josh@moenergy. org.
Deadline: Spring Semester: November 30, Summer Semester: April 28, Fall Semester: June 30.